e-AIR Newsletter January 2014

JANUARY 2014 NEWSLETTER, VOL. 34, ISSUE 1 | A SERVICE OF AIR SINCE 1987
New Toolkit Available for Institutional Researchers
Are you interested in getting some fresh ideas on how to examine student success at your campus? Perhaps you already work with several initiatives and you want to get a different take on student success metrics?

If so, you should check out a new toolkit available at no cost to help colleges improve student outcomes. The Completion by Design Pathway Analyses Toolkit shares resources that inform changes to processes, practices, and policies that influence student success. MORE
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BOARD CORNER
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I Resolve to… Learn Something Exciting
By Sandi Bramblett
2013-2014 AIR President
Happy New Year, AIR friends! I hope that 2014 brings you peace, happiness, and wisdom to embrace opportunities and face the challenges you will encounter this year.

I find the idea of New Year’s resolutions to be fascinating. One of my friends says that she doesn’t do resolutions, but she does set goals. (To which I usually reply, “Tomato, tomahto.”) According to a list on the “Statistic Brain” website, losing weight is the No. 1 resolution that people make in the New Year. The list also has the other usual suspects (get organized, stop smoking, etc.), but the one I thought held the most promise was: “learn something exciting.”
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
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Keeping AIR Members Informed
AIR welcomes brief announcements of interest to the IR and assessment communities, such as the release of a report, funding opportunities or a request for applications. Send your announcement to eAIR@airweb.org and include a link to your website as well as a contact name and email address. Announcements
CHANGING SCENE
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Who's on the Move?
New titles. New promotions. New institutions. Friends and colleagues on the move.
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ASK eAIR
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What is Proper Etiquette During a Job Search?
Ask eAIR invites questions from AIR members about the work of institutional research, careers in the field, and other broad topics that resonate with a large cross-section of readers. This month’s question is answered by Kimberly Thompson, Director of Institutional Research at University of the Rockies.

Dear Kimberly: I am ready to explore opportunities for my next career move. What are the rules of etiquette in searching for a new position while maintaining commitment to my current position? MORE
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VISUAL DISPLAY OF DATA
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Two-Year Cohort Default Rate
By Nikisha Williams, Ph.D.
Director, Institutional Research, LIM College
I am sometimes asked to present national data that include peer institutions. These data are not directly generated by my office, but I need to summarize them in a way that high-level decision makers can easily understand.

The below chart shows data on 2-year cohort default rates for my institution as well as national averages for each sector of higher education. MORE

 
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IR IN THE KNOW
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The Latest Issues in Higher Education
IR in the Know keeps you up to date on current and emerging issues related to higher education data collection, analyses, and reporting, and is presented in three categories: Reports and Tools: summaries of resources and research; Emerging Topics: developing ideas and discussions from the field; and Policy Watch: national policy news and topics. MORE
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SPECIAL FEATURE
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NSSE: Revisions and Opportunities 
Alexander McCormickRobert Gonyea The updated National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) launched in 2013.

eAIR spoke with Alexander McCormick (far left) and Robert Gonyea about the changes and resulting opportunities for colleges and universities. MORE
 

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RESOURCES
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IRecommend: Resources for IR
Always on the look-out for quick solutions or new tools? Peruse these brief synopses of resources AIR members find helpful, and share your recommendations in the comments section.

In January 2014, eAIR readers recommended Microsoft Access, NCES website, Notepad++, and The Primer for Institutional Research. MORE
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TECH TIPS
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Domain Functions in Microsoft Access
By Lee Allard, Director of Institutional Research, Siena College
For those of us who use Microsoft Access, a useful but sometimes overlooked toolkit is the set of “domain” functions. In some respects, these domain functions are similar to the more familiar aggregate functions (and may produce the same results in some cases), but domain functions have some additional and unique functionality. One important use of domain functions, illustrated in this Tech Tip, is to produce sequence numbers for a group of related records - something otherwise difficult to accomplish in Access. MORE
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JOURNAL NEWS
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Good Reads for the Higher Ed Professional
Keep Current with the latest news from these influential journals:
- Journal of Higher Education
- Research in Higher Education
- Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition
- Innovative Higher Education
- New Directions for Institutional Research
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OTHER EVENTS
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Announcements for conferences, meetings, institutes, symposiums, and other events of interest. See the LISTINGS.
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THANK YOU
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Thanks to AIR Members
Our members are not only incredibly helpful, they are a pleasure to work with. Here are some special thanks to those who have gone beyond the call of duty for our Association.
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JOBS
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There are more than 110 listed on AIR's Job Board. Search Now!


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